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July 2007 Blog Posts (16)

Expertise and Climate Information

The central question is "How do we effectively get

information (on seasonal weather forecasts, agriculture, markets etc.)

to small scale farmers most of who do not have the opportunity to read

the newspapers/newsletters, listen to the radio, watch television

broadcasts or access to the internet? Second, what kinds of

'communicative ecologies’, communication technologies, and organization

will be required to draw connections between the different…

Added by Marie Rarieya on July 28, 2007 at 3:58 — 10 Comments

New study -- reducing anemia in developing countries

Iron deficiency is the single biggest nutritional threat in developing countries. A recent study by the International Food Policy Research Institute and Cornell University found that a nutritional supplement known as Sprinkles reduces anemia in young children by more than half. Sprinkles can be easily and inexpensively incorporated into existing feeding programs.

You can find a press release, summary of the study, fact…


Added by Michael Rubinstein on July 25, 2007 at 16:28 — 1 Comment

A little bit about me

I was born & grew up near where I live now near Ottawa, Canada,

have traveled to nearly 40 countries (Europe, Oz, NZ, Pacific Islands)

& over much of North America, living for 12 years in southern


Much of my life was spent in the corporate world, creating & running companies. I left that behind in 1999 & have

spent an ever-increasing amount of my time studying, writing &

teaching what I have been discovering about emotional healing… Continue

Added by Robert S. Vibert on July 23, 2007 at 14:43 — No Comments

Some basic questions!

The other day I was interacting with a group of graduate students of mass communication and media studies and certain questions posed by a few of them made me uncomfortable. I wish to share my experience with you all Samaritans.

The questions which made me most uncomfortable in answering are as follows-

What is deference in between science writing, popular science writing, science communication and science journalism?

Is it not that science writing or popular science… Continue

Added by Dr.Arvind Mishra on July 19, 2007 at 4:06 — 7 Comments


The GSDI Association is an inclusive organization of organizations, agencies, firms, and individuals from around the world. The purpose of the organization is to promote international cooperation and collaboration in support of local, national and international spatial data infrastructure developments that will allow nations to better address social, economic, and environmental issues of pressing importance.

The SDI Regional Newsletters for July are now posted on the…


Added by Pius Sawa Murefu on July 12, 2007 at 11:29 — No Comments

Wikis and Research

Hi Guys

What experience do you all have of using wikis in any aspect of the research process.

I'm especially interested in anyone using the Delphic method



The Patient Connections

Added by The Patient Connection on July 11, 2007 at 14:39 — No Comments

Report warns of future food crises in Africa's poorest nations

Devastating but preventable food crises will hit the world's poorest countries yet again because of a failure to address the root causes of the problem.

The warning that millions of people in the Sahel region of Africa are as vulnerable as ever to famine comes in a report launched today by the Sahel Working Group - a coalition of

prominent aid organisations - and the International Institute for

Environment and Development.

The report identifies the underlying factors…


Added by MikeShanahan on July 11, 2007 at 12:35 — No Comments

Yahoo Group

Yahoo Group on Science and Innovation Policy (GOSIP)

Added by Calestous Juma on July 7, 2007 at 4:00 — No Comments



Added by Akanimo Sampson on July 6, 2007 at 15:06 — No Comments




JOURNALISTS for Niger Delta (JODEL), a media
group concerned with the affairs of Nigeria's oil
and gas region, says the current philosophical stance
of Governor Godswill Obot Akpabio,of Akwa Ibom State
on his people, is heartwarming. The media group is claiming
that the governor is now seeing the citizens of the…

Added by Akanimo Sampson on July 5, 2007 at 15:37 — No Comments

Voice of reason

In May this year, Sharon Looremeta was on BBC World’s HARDtalk in London to address a global audience. The half hour-long hard-hitting flagship news programme’s host, Zeinab Badawi, asks the most difficult questions on stories that make news from international political leaders to entertainers and ordinary…


Added by Gregory Akall on July 5, 2007 at 12:41 — No Comments

Turkana women reaping the benefits of aloe production

Mrs.Veronica Ekuam was just another woman in the Kalemngorok division of Turkana district, north-western Kenya, struggling with whatever meagre earnings she could get to support her family. At…


Added by Gregory Akall on July 5, 2007 at 12:29 — 1 Comment

Climate change affects the poorest of the poor

Where climate change is concerned, little thought is given to what it holds for the poorest developing nations. It is the developed West which is expressing a lot of anguish on the melting ice caps and retreating glaciers. But the truth is, it is the poor developing nations of Asia, Africa and South Africa that are the most vulnerable and are already paying a heavy price.

Large parts of Bangladesh and Indian West Bengal face the prospect of being wiped off the map. The same goes with…


Added by Rina Mukherji on July 4, 2007 at 5:37 — 5 Comments

Lawyers help small island nations to negotiate with giants on climate change

Lawyers get a bad press. They are often portrayed as ambulance chasers that thrive on the misfortune of others. So you might be surprised to learn that lawyers

are helping to tackle climate change and protect biodiversity by

enabling some of the world's poorest nations to stand toe-to-toe with

the global powerhouses in international negotiations.

Meet FIELD, the Foundation for…


Added by MikeShanahan on July 3, 2007 at 15:39 — No Comments

Identity theft?

I received an interesting email that read:

"You have a new friend request from Jen Frankel (jenfrankel)! To view this friend request, visit: **** This message is autogenerated. To manage your friend request notifications, visit:"

The link generated a page asking for ning identification and password. It looked like a phishing expedition to me so members of this network beware!

Added by Dionisia Tabureguci on July 2, 2007 at 6:50 — No Comments

England goes smokefree from July 1, when Bangladesh?

It will be against the law to smoke in virtually all enclosed public places and workplaces from today, July 1, 2007 in all over England. This includes places like cafes, bars, pubs, clubs, shopping centres, railway stations, garages, work vehicles, taxis, factories and staff rooms. Anyone who breaks the "smokefree" law could face a fine or end up in court. Virtually all enclosed public places and workplaces in England will become smokefree from this time. It was expected that a "smokefree"… Continue

Added by Saadi, Mir Lutful Kabir on July 1, 2007 at 17:58 — No Comments

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